Camp Director

The Greater Austin YMCA is hiring a Camp Director! 
Job Description

How you Will Power our Purpose (Job Summary)  

As a Camp Director, you are a mission-driven, strategic, and operations-oriented thinker that will help the Greater Austin YMCA build and innovate initiatives that elevate our experience. This leader will oversee the management and ongoing development of a family destination attraction operated by the YMCA of Austin.  

The 85-acre park includes a YMCA Swim Center, Challenge Course & Zip Line, access to Onion Creek, hiking trails, and primitive campsites. The site hosts day camps, field trips, overnight programs, swim competitions, and various special events. You will create teams that are driven to attract park attendance, energize team members and volunteers, inspire donors, and stimulate growth and innovation. You are responsible for leading, coaching, and holding others accountable for creating memorable and remarkable moments for each park visitor. 


What You Bring to the Community Enterprise   

  • Bachelor's degree in recreation management, physical education, education, child development, or a related field is required. 
  • Must have at least five (5) years of camp experience, including program creation and implementation, supervisory roles, and budget oversight, preferably at the director level. 
  • ACCT Level II or Challenge Course Manager certification is preferred. 
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain certification upon hire, is required. 
  • The position requires Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) (formerly overseen by TDFPS) Program Director certification. Must be or have the ability to become certified according to HHSC standards.

You’re a Cause-Driven Leader – You are effective at: 

  • Advancing our mission and cause – providing visionary leadership to ensure resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community. 
  • Building relationships – connecting people to the Y’s cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations to co-create solutions to pressing social needs. 
  • Leading operations – ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community. 
  • Developing and inspiring people – supporting the holistic development of self and others so everyone can embrace the Y’s cause, sustain our culture, and inspire others to action. 
  • You are action-oriented and focus on results - You easily take on new opportunities and challenges with a sense of urgency and a solutions-oriented mindset. You have a record of consistently achieving results.  
  • You are a strong communicator – You are skilled at developing and delivering communications and messaging that convey a clear understanding of the needs of different audiences.  
  • You are a relationship builder - You build close and good-natured relationships with people from all walks of life.  
  • You embrace change – You are energized when faced with ambiguity and uncertainty. You adapt quickly to changing conditions.  
  • You cultivate innovation – You are adept at creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful  
  • You build effective teams – building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.  
  • You foster a culture of inclusion and belonging - You leverage people’s differences as strengths.   
  • You possess a high EQ - You have a high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to quickly access and compose oneself in stressful or tense situations.  
  • You lead by influence – You are able to have an impact on the behavior, attitudes, and choices of others. 

Physical Requirements: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, work outdoors in hot temperatures, bend, talk, and lift up to 40lbs and/or move items, including equipment, furniture, and/or children. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

Essential Functions

How You Will Make an Impact (Essential Functions)   

Under the guidance of the Associate Vice President, the Camp Director administers the policies and programs of YMCA Camp Moody, including Summer Camp, Group Camping, Adventure Guides, Outdoor Education, and Special Events.  

Y Experience Leadership 

  • Performance Achievement & Results  
  • Fosters a culture that builds trust and treats all team members and colleagues with respect; constructively and immediately deals with conflict; gains commitment and provides clarity; holds team members accountable and cultivates peer accountability; and achieves results to meet strategic and operational goals.     
  • Holds team accountable for high levels of achievement to ensure a transformative Y Experience and achieve organizational objectives.  
  • Monitor and ensure that each team member is upholding program expectations consistently and in compliance with Y policies and licensing standards and creates systems for quality control.   
  • Delivers and ensures high-quality programs and excellent customer service.  
  • Models inclusive leadership behaviors and embraces all dimensions of diversity – building strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to our mission.  
  • Responsible for hiring, coaching, and managing all direct reports and ensuring alignment with association people practices for all positions within their organizational structure.  
  • Promotes and implements a goal-based management approach (OKR Methodology) and ensures that all team members are actively working towards supporting center-level objectives and key results.   
  • Responsible for modeling and ensuring alignment with association policies and safety protocols, with a special focus on child safety procedures.   
  • Monitors and updates all required team member certifications.  
  • Promotes and incorporates the YMCA's five core values and attributes.   

Program Operations & Innovation 

  • Guides, directs and oversees outdoor day camps and daily outdoor activity rentals for local schools and businesses, including establishing operating standards and program objectives to guarantee the quality of existing programs.   
  • Designs and develops camp programs and activities that align with the Y's mission and the needs and interests of the campers. 
  • Oversees all aspects of camp operations, including facilities management, equipment maintenance, safety protocols, and compliance with regulations. 
  • Develops and manages the camp budget, including revenue generation, expense control, and financial reporting to meet fiscal objectives. 
  • Handles parent communication, addressing concerns and providing information about camp programs, policies, and procedures. 
  • In partnership with Risk Management, implement strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of campers and staff, including emergency preparedness and response protocols. 
  • Collects feedback from campers, parents, and staff to evaluate camp programs' effectiveness and identify improvement areas. 
  • Serves as a leader and instructor for outdoor education programs, providing guidance and support to enhance participants' learning and outdoor experiences. 

Marketing & Community Y Brand  

  • Fosters inclusive community relationships to ensure accessibility for all segments of society. 
  • Effectively communicates the Y's impact and benefits to stakeholders (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, community leaders). 
  • Cultivates positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. 
  • Enhances the Y's reputation by engaging with partners, businesses, school districts, and other non-profit organizations. 
  • In collaboration with the marketing team, execute marketing strategies and campaigns to promote camp programs and services in order to achieve physical goals.


  • Works with AVP, Operations and Development Team to drive successful fund-raisings goals and meet cycle and annual objectives.  
  • Meets every cycle with the AVP and Operations and Development Team to ensure the center progresses toward fundraising goals.   
  • Works with AVP to Ensure strong board/volunteer and staff participation.    
  • Partners with youth development leaders (Extend-A-Care) to build strong partnerships with school districts and other educational entities and ensure a compelling philanthropic case and center connection to YMCA youth development programs in the service area.  

Association & Innovation Initiatives 

  • Leads and models design thinking and social entrepreneurship practices to develop innovative solutions to community needs, community and association-wide opportunities, and challenges.  
  • Works to master, demonstrate, and coach others in design thinking and social entrepreneurship to establish a strong culture of social innovation.   
  • Serves as project teams for assigned innovation projects designed to incubate new products and services and/or improve systems and processes.  
  • Serves on Association-level impact teams, task forces, and/or committees as needed.  
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Work Location

1220 Old San Antonio Road, Buda, Texas 78610

About Us

The Greater Austin YMCA is a nonprofit community enterprise with a vision to cultivate thriving communities across Central Texas where every person benefits from an empowered and well-educated childhood, equitable access to opportunities, resulting in an elevated quality of life and the promise of a sustainable future. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y has served close to 500,000 people and provided more than $30M in financial assistance and program subsidies over the past 10 years. We operate 8 community centers and Camp Moody along with 6 early childhood education centers, 60 afterschool programs on school campuses in four districts, and 20 summer camps, with 1500 staff team members, 1000 volunteers, and a $47M annual operating budget.

Additional Information:

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

The Greater Austin YMCA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Greater Austin YMCA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

We Take Care of Our People

Our mission isn't just a statement--it's a guiding force that shapes our actions every day. Rooted in our unwavering commitment to serving our community and esteemed team members, our mission is a true way of life. We're passionate about fostering health and wellness for all, and we're truly excited to introduce the following comprehensive benefits package that has been thoughtfully designed to prioritize your well-being.

Health Insurance: We provide comprehensive health coverage, including medical, dental, and vision plans, to ensure the well-being of our employees.

Retirement Savings Plan: We offer a 12% employer-funded retirement plan upon meeting eligibility, empowering employees to plan for their future.

Paid Time Off: Work-life integration is important to us, which is why we provide up to 48 days of paid time off over vacation, holidays, and sick leave.

Additional Perks: Free household membership to facilities operated by the Greater Austin YMCA, which is worth $1,000 annually.

Pay Range

$85,000 - $93,500 annual salary, DOE